A borough of young theatre-goers

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20 Jul 2017

Every child in the last year of primary school in the London borough of Newham has the opportunity to see world-class theatre for free. Becky Lees explains how the scheme has established itself.

Education Minister: ‘Don’t worry about decline in arts subjects – computing is on the rise’

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07 Jul 2017

Lord Nash said numerous students had been taking creative subjects “not because they suited them, but because they were easier”.

New Commission to assess musical progression of young people

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07 Jul 2017

Billed as the first of its kind in the UK, the Commission will conduct research and seek submissions about barriers into music for young people.

Inclusive instruments

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06 Jul 2017

For some children with physical disabilities, access to music making is barred by a lack of well-designed adapted musical instruments. Rachel Wolffsohn explains what a new charity is doing to change that. 

A perfect match

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02 Jul 2017

When her circus arts company was invited to perform in a library, Camille Bensoussan feared there would be endless health and safety meetings.

Boys really can dance

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29 Jun 2017

Why do boys tend to give up dance classes when they reach their teens? Kate Laho and Natalie Holasz discuss the findings of a recent survey conducted by The Place.

Lessons from Hong Kong

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28 Jun 2017

Programming both Cantonese and western opera, the Hong Kong Arts Festival has a challenge when it comes to audience development. Tisa Ho shares her strategy.

Increasing creative options

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15 Jun 2017

With fewer students studying creative subjects at school, the UK’s Bridge organisations have taken on the challenge to promote the arts. Sarah Mumford explains what is happening in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Escape from hospital stress

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15 Jun 2017

Bedside theatre performances in hospitals are helping children escape from stress and anxiety. Persephone Sextou explains the work of a scheme currently operating in the Midlands.

Students in creative subjects earn least after leaving university

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14 Jun 2017

Male graduates earn slightly more than women just one year after graduating from a Creative Arts and Design course.

Boosting employment in craft

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14 Jun 2017

Cockpit Arts’ programme of support for apprenticeships in the craft sector is delivering tangible benefits among micro craft businesses, says Imogen Lawry.

Arts at the heart of learning

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01 Jun 2017

Wales is two years into an ambitious national initiative to improve education outcomes by embedding creative approaches to learning in schools. Nick Capaldi reports on progress so far.

Passport to the theatre

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31 May 2017

The financial imperative to sell tickets can lead to a ‘bums on seats’ mentality, but a different approach has helped Mac Belfast grow its schools audiences and enhance its reputation. Melissa McMinn describes two initiatives.

How to… attract family audiences

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23 May 2017

Don’t be afraid of fun, catch them early and remember that everyone loves LEGO – Michelle Lally shares her tips for engaging young people and families in the arts.

Spotting young talent

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18 May 2017

A week-long arts residency involving young NEETs was a far cry from some ‘old skool’ outreach projects. Ammo Talwar reveals what was needed to re-engage with them ‘street-style’.

From small beginnings

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18 May 2017

What could two independent music practitioners achieve by starting international conversations about music-making with children with special needs? Tom Northey tells the story.

Choreographing conspiracy

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16 May 2017

When choreographing a new contemporary dance work for young people, Rosie Kay committed to really listening to their concerns and beliefs – and it took the work in a surprising new direction.

Succession planning

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11 May 2017

Young people in remote parts of Scotland have gained the skills to organise rural tours in a project designed to generate a new breed of arts promoters. Jo McLean describes their experience.

Tools of engagement

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11 May 2017

Live entertainment is still a big draw for the Netflix generations, but how should arts organisations go about building relationships with them? Olivia Carr shares some advice. 

Young imaginations

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11 May 2017

Preston’s Harris Museum and Art Gallery needs ‘re-imagining’ and who better to do it than the young people who will be its visitors in the years to come, says Matthew Wilde.

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